Disclaimer: We were kindly invited to try the All Day Roast by Brookwood Dublin, the food was provided free of charge. We added to this ourselves with cocktails & wine… this is an honest review on our experience at Brookwood Dublin.
We arrived into Brookwood just before 6pm, and were shown upstairs to our table for 4. We had been out a few hours, brunched at Dillingers, coffee pitstop, spot of shopping and a pre dinner drink at The Bailey… so we were ready for the meat!
The room upstairs has a decadent and luxurious feel, all dark woods, marble, glass, tan leather…a hint of art deco style, very warm & welcoming though. I somehow forgot to take photos of the place itself, hence all photos are of the food! Oops… oh well check out their own site for photos of what Brookwood is like inside!
We were there to try the all day roast and there was a momentary scare when they thought they had sold out of the roast, it was 6pm and they had been open since 1pm – I’m not surprised it’s popular. And €65 for the roast for 4 its a well priced Sunday lunch offering. Panic averted, we got the last one – phew!
We decided to forego any starters, to save ourselves for the beef to come! But did have a cocktail each first, 3 x Monkey Martini (Monkey 47 Gin and Vermouth – €12) and 1 x The Terry (Hendricks Gin, Cucumber Syrup, Black Pepper – €12) – I love the way The Terry (their signature cocktail) is served in the glass within a glass. This is the same cocktail as at their sister restaurant Mulberry Garden (called the Hendrickstini there).
The roast beef arrived quickly with all its accompaniments – roast potaotes, roast carrots & parsnips, mashed potatoe, gravy, horseradish… a veritable feast! The beef is cooked medium rare as standard, you can ask for different, but we were more than happy with this. Served on a wooden platter dish, big thick slices of pink beef, with 4 yorkshire puddings in each corner. Quite possibly the nicest roast beef ever… it was truly great and all 4 of us were in agreement on that.
One of our party continued with another cocktail while the rest of us moved to a bottle of the house red wine, a French Grenache/Syrah – Marius by Chapoutier, priced at a very reasonable €22
We followed this with a cheese board between us, nice selection with a lovely little pot of honey and crackers.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Brookwood, nice live music on a Sunday afternoon too which makes for a nice atmosphere. All the staff members we talked with were friendly and helpful too. One thing I really loved was the glassware, from the water glasses, various cocktail glasses and wine glasses and the cutlery with great steak knives. It’s clear a lot of thought has been put into these ‘little’ things…
Now to the one real gripe about Brookwood, the tables are very (very) close to each other; leaning towards the cramped side of cosy if I am honest. It is a small enough room so I get why they want to have the number of seats they do but I can’t help feeling if they take out one of the tables for 2 each side it would create a little extra space to be more comfortable. Luckily on the day we were visiting, the table of 2 next to us was the lovely Rory of Eat Drink Run Fun fame and his friend Henry – we seem to be making a habit now of bumping into each other out and about! All in all though, the space, or lack thereof, was quickly forgotten when we got to the cocktails and food…and ultimately that’s the reason you are there.